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A 48-year-old member asked:

I am to take zoloft (sertraline) and i wonder what the side effects are?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joan Kinlan
Psychiatry 53 years experience
Nause and headache: There are several side effects that occur early in treatment as above and sometimes nervousness, insomnia, drowsiness, dry mouth and sweating and diarrhea which is usually rare. Some people also have sexual side effects as a decrease in libido.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

Afraid to take Zoloft (sertraline) because of the side effects.. Is there any other alternative?

1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Many alternatives: There are many alternatives to zoloft (sertraline), (sertraline) and those chosen depend on what your doctor is trying to treat. Zoloft (sertraline) has many ssri cousins. Also there are non-pharmaceutical ways to help anxiety & depression, 2 of the most common reasons zoloft (sertraline) might be prescribed. Discuss your fear with your physician, and work with him/her about your treatment.
A 37-year-old member asked:

How long would it take until Zoloft (sertraline) side effects go away?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Zoloft (sertraline): That depends - loose stools usually resolve within 14 days. For GI upset take with food or use probiotics. Many side effects resolve within days to several weeks. However, there may be some side effects that don't dissipate.
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A 23-year-old female asked:

Does the generic brand of Zoloft (sertraline) have worse or more side effects than if you were to take zoloft (sertraline)?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Comparable: Several different companies make generic zoloft, or sertraline. By law, generic medications sold in the usa must contain specific amounts of active ingredient (sertraline). Beyond this, each company may use different fillers, dyes, or caking agents, etc. The effects of the sertraline should be the same, but the other constituents may affect bioavailability or cause effects of their own.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Anyone know of all side effects of zoloft (sertraline)?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Most common ones: The most common ones (not possible to include all in 400 characters) are restlessness, mild headache, and mild stomach upset or loosening of stools. Each occurs in about 15% of people and usually go away in 2-3 weeks. Uncommomly, suicidal thinking may worsen at first, so be carefully monitored by a therapist. Over the long run there may be mild weight gain and sexual problems.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Is it okay that I am concerned about these Zoloft (sertraline) side effects?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Evan Altman
Psychiatry 20 years experience
Caution is good: A healthy level of caution/concern is a good thing. Most patients who experience side effects with zoloft (sertraline) will have them early on and often they are temporary. With a little time they may go away as you adjust to the medication. To expect side effects to occur spontaneously later in treatment when no changes of dose or meds are made would be not advised since this would be highly unusual.
Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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